Fallen Heroes of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Remembering the servicemembers who died in the service of their country.

Army Sgt. Deyson K. Cariaga

20, of Honolulu, Hawaii.
Cariaga died in Al Hammadi, Iraq, when the HMMWV in which he was riding struck a land mine. He was assigned to the Army National Guard's 229th Military Intelligence Company, 29th Separate Infantry Brigade, Oahu, Kalaeloa, Hawaii. Died on July 5, 2005.

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"To the family of SGT Deyson Cariaga:
I had the privilege and honor of serving with SGT Cariaga, and I wanted to let you know that he is not forgotten. We continue to honor him throughout the year, but especially on this day. We will never forget..."
Mr. Reginald Puana of Arlington, VA

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Helen Phillips of Eatontown, NJ

"Miss You Brother!!"
SSG Chong of Kailua, HI

"To Deyson Cariaga's Family,

I worked with Deyson for a very short time in Iraq. First, I want to thank you for sharing such an amazing, brave and honorable individual with the rest of us in the military. I truly feel humbled and privledged to have met him. I will forever remember him and what he did for this country I so dearly love. God Bless."
Jeff Jones of Chester, South Carolina

"To the many who have left messages for Deyson, thank you so much for your kind words. His mother and I have read each message and they have all touched our hearts and brought us comfort. We are very grateful for your kindness."
Jerry Inouye (stepfather) of Honolulu, HI

"To the family of:Deyson K. Cariaga
I am so sorry for the loss of your love one. My heart cries out for you in your grief and you have my thoughts and prayers. He died a hero defending freedom. May you have the peace and understanding that only comes from God. Prayerfully we will all meet in Heaven one day where we will rest in the arms of Jesus. If you need prayer or need someone to talk to, please call or write my pastor: Rev. John Pearrell 11677 Brown Bridge Rd., Covington, GA 30016. (770)787-1015.
Your friend in Jesus Christ, Polly Ballew Covington,Ga""

"I served with Deyson in the Task Force he was attatched to..........on this Memorial day......2010.....RIP brother"
Matt of San diego, ca

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"I worked with Deyson in Iraq. I commanded C Co 100-442 IN and Deyson was on a mission with us when he was killed. He was a young and energetic NCO and I enjoyed working with him. Brother Deyson...you are missed.

Charlie HOOAH!!!
Go For Broke!"
MAJ Byron Douglas Hill of Austin, TX

"May 24, 2008
To the family of Sgt. Deyson K. Cariaga:
Deyson gave the ultimate sacrifice and will be held in the hearts of Americans forever. I cannot and will not let our fallen heroes be forgotten. My deepest sympathy to you. "Some gave all."
Peggy Childers
"Don't Let The Memory Of Them Drift Away"
Peggy Childers of Carson City, NV

"On August 26, 2006, we will dedicate a memorial at Punchbowl and our program will list your name as one whose sacrifice gives us the duty and the priviledge to carry on your legacy of freedom and liberty. Mahalo from Oahu Chapter 858, Vietnam Veterans of America."
Luis Parker of Ewa Beach, HI

"I will always remember the reasons why we decided to take an extra step in securing our nations freedom. Aloha my brother, miss you."
SGT Jared Chong of Kailua, Hawaii

"To the Cariaga family,
We thank you for the service and sacrifice of your beloved DEYSON and we hope you take some comfort in knowing he is an American Hero. He will Not Be Forgotten. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
DEYSON - Gods Speed young warrior. We celebrate your life and honor your memory as a true Hero. Thank you for your service. May the Angels watch over your family as they try to heal.
From a grateful family of a US Army Soldier, from Ft. Campbell, 101st AVN Regt, now serving in Iraq 10-20-05"
--Sharon & Craig Erwin of Oregon, United States of America

"Sgt Deilson, não o conheci, mas gostaria de saber se você tem parentes na Espanha e no Brasil. Sou brasileiro e tenho origem espanhola, e é possivel que sejamos parentes. Também fui militar no Brasil, SGT CARIAGA, mas agora estou atuando como Advogado. Que Deus o tenha em bom lugar."
Nivaldo Cariaga of CUIABA/MT/BRASIL - careagaadv@ig.com.br

"Sgt Deilson, não o conheci, mas gostaria de saber se você tem parentes na Espanha e no Brasil. Sou brasileiro e tenho origem espanhola, e é possivel que sejamos parentes. Também fui militar no Brasil, SGT CARIAGA, mas agora estou atuando como Advogado. Que Deus o tenha em bom lugar."
Nivaldo Cariaga of CUIABA/MT/BRASIL - careagaadv@ig.com.br

"To the Family of Deyson K. Cariaga. My most love and respect goes out to you. I knew him when i was in school at roosevelt. I seen him in the lunch room a couple of times but never took the time to make a long conversation. Well i know that it wont ever make a differences now to say that "i wish i had talked to him" but its my fault. I should have got to know him better. Well i give him my heart of love appreciation for what he did for us. May God guide you in your time of need."
Maka of Honolulu, HI

Thank you for everything. I appreciate what you have done and the effort you put in to make things happen. i will defend this country in your name."
PFC Park of Balad, Iraq

"To Deyson,

Thanks for the memories all the way back in elementary school at HMS. You were there for me at a time when I needed someone just to be a friend. I hope your having fun in Heaven surfing those awesome waves. Your living memory has been driving me the past couple months to do what I need. Thank you for that strength.

To the Family of Sgt. Deyson Cariaga,

I want to thank you for son. He was an inspiration to many and a friend to many more. He was a great guy and he definitely will be missed. He has left an indelible mark in my past and I will never forget the one person who befriended me at a time when few did.

Justin C of Seattle, WA by way of Honolulu, HI

"Thank you. We will never forget!"
CSFL of Honolulu, Hawaii


"Ho bradda deyson, I only saw you a couple of times on Anaconda, and wish we could have cruised more. I just wanted to say "thanks yeah" for your service to our country, but most of all, to Hawaii. Your a hero in all of our eyes!! We miss you bradda!!!"
Tyler of K-Town, Hawaii

"To the Family and friends of Deyson, I wish to extend my deepest condolence. Deyson is a true hero who will never be forgotten. He is safe with God now, God Bless all of you"
Mary Ghaney of Brooklyn, New York

Please KNOW so many people share your sadness, and we are remembering your family in your loss and your deep grief. Your HERO, Deyson will be remembered by name. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you ALWAYS. Pat & Sandi Breckenridge from Montana "

"Thank you Deyson Cariaga, you will not be forgotten. Your bravery goes beyond words. I want to express my deepest gratitude for your sacrifice. To the family and friends, my prayers and deep condolences in your loss. May God strengthen you from knowing that fellow Americans and people around the world care about you and grieve with you in your loss. God bless you all. A very appreciative fellow American,"
Leo Titus of Grayslake, Illinios

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Deyson Cariaga:
May God's grace be with you during your time of grief. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and we feel your loss and share in your sorrow. Bless Deyson for the sacrifice he has made to make a better life for the rest of us."
The Ford Family of Wells, Nevada

"To the family and friends of Sgt. Deyson Cariaga:
I am saddened by the loss of your loved one. He will always be remembered as a hero for fighting for freedom. I hope that this website will be a source of comfort and encouragement for you during this difficult time, and in the future as you recall the memories of Deyson, who continues to live on in your heart."
Tim Rivera of Powder Springs, Georgia

Honor them by remembering... Freedom - is their gift to us But his soul goes marching on